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4.4
152 Reviews (152)
5 Stars
79
4 Stars
60
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
93.6%
Recommend this course
143 out of 152 reviews
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4.3
27 Reviews (27)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
88.9%
Recommend this course
24 out of 27 reviews
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4.3
29 Reviews (29)
5 Stars
17
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
89.7%
Recommend this course
26 out of 29 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7013 yards
Slope 141
Rating 75.3
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Forest Akers West Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1958
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 3/15 Closed: 12/01

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Spartan Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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Reviews

4.4
152 Reviews (152)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 11
Narrow Fairways 9
Undulating Greens 9
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 12
Locals 11
A Weekend Splurge 7
This Course's Location is:
On a College Campus 15
Convenient to the City 11

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5.0
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Previously Played

Such great conditions! Amazing fast true greensn

It was cold and breezy, a day after some rain. The course had drained completely and the greens were fantastic. They held nicely and rolled fast and true.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointed

Greens were hard like asphalt. Roll on greens was like putting on gravel. One person working in clubhouse waited 12 minutes to be greeted and checked in. Snack shop was closed and no refreshments on course. I expected more, not the quality course it once was

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 10/14/2019

Hi, thank you for reviewing Forest Akers West. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are glad to see you have enjoyed the course in the past and we are rapidly working to return it to those conditions. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing, we hope to see you again soon.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Memories

Last played this course 23 years ago and the course has only improved with age. Rerouted the holes, added a new clubhouse (which is great for Spartan apparel and accessories) and condition of course is outstanding. Pace of play was acceptable given all the groups playing on course. I will not wait so long to return to my alma mater ‘s outstanding golf course

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course that will test your skills

The course itself is always in great shape and a pleasure to play. Will test your skills on every hole. The worst part is the pace of play everytime I play here. Tee times scheduled only 8 minutes apart from each other and no ranger ever deals with groups that are beyond slow. Be prepared for 5+ hour rounds.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun Day on the Spartan's Home Course

If you find yourself in the Lansing area make the West Course at Forest Acres your choice for round of golf. This was my first time at the MSU facility. I found the course in great shape. The greens rolled true and were very receptive to approach shots. The fairways were well kept and in equally soft condition. The course layout will challenge golfers of a wide variety of skill levels. The starter was friendly and helpful. Pace of play was great no waiting overall a great 1st experience. Go play it!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Enjoyable Place

My son and I played the West Course on a picture perfect day and it was in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Course was in great condition

Really enjoyed the course, was setup very well. The greens were in excellent condition, rolled true!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great fairways

Course was nice. Greens were fast with some slopes. Great day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor people skills

Booked online , I’m handicapped. Drove 35 miles there and when I arrived I was told cart path only!!! No exceptions. I asked why they don’t notify these online websites so it can be conveyed to us golfers. They instructed me it wasn’t something they felt they needed to do and if I had a problem with it I needed to deal with the booking company(golfnow) since I had already paid for my golf I asked if they would at least give me a 9 hole rain check since I could not play the 18 I paid for plus the 35 miles there and 35 miles back. I was told absolutely not they did not feel they had any liability in letting us golfers know in advance, they were very snotty about it actually. . I’ve also had 2 cases where I booked tee times with them only to drive there to be told they were closed for tournaments. Again they were not willing to do anything for us golfers, not even offer some free range balls or anything, their customer service stinks to put it mildly!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 07/02/2019

Hello Michael, thank you for taking the time to review us. We apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding regarding your recent reservation. If you have any questions regarding your GolfNow reservations in the future, please do not hesitate to contact their customer service team at 1 (800) 767-3574. We value your feedback and hope to welcome you back for another round soon.

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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Forrest Akers West

I course was in excellent condition, quite wet but that couldn't be helped as its rained five days in a row. Greens were smooth and rolled well. I live five miles away so play here all the time. I enjoy it every time as it's a challenging.course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Great walking course ...

Course was in great shape for early season. Greens were a little slow ((#16 was COVERED with 'helicopters') and the rough was thicker than normal, indicating an upcoming collegiate competition possibly.

This is a great course to walk. Our threesome walked it inside 4 hours, on a Friday, and never waited or pushed anyone. Only oddity is the back-to-back par 3's (#9 and #10) and a string of 4 par three's in 6 holes all placed between #7 and #12. This course is sneaky hard ... very much a parkland style course that looks easier than it is.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value

The young lady that checked us in was very nice and helpful. The course was in excellent shape for this time of year and we moved along quickly at a nice pace. The value for the price was great.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course.

I used to hate this course but the more I play it the better I like the layout. It’s tough but rewards great shots. Greens always in great shape and roll true.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Spring round at Forest Akers West Course

Considering the time of year the course was in very good condition. The snack bar was not open at 11:00am but one of the staff went back there to get a bottle of water for me. After our round was over I noticed it was open. The greens ran true and were consistant in speed.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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